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In Love With Twiddling My Thumbs...
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The GardenStew Home of KaliTime Xantedeschia Camaralzman

Progression on Two Fronts

Category: Miscellaneous | Posted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:45 am

I have made some progress with the Mir Ist Kalt sweater. I am a mere inch and a half from closing the body of the sweater out. From there, I'll start the sleeves.

Mir Ist Kalt Sweater 02-09-18 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

On the plant front, I am ripening a whole container of Mega Cherry Tomatoes. This is my first full harvest of the year and it looks to be a good one. At first, I thought the tomatoes weren't going to turn but they once again astounded me with their amazing abilities. From full-on green, they began to take on the familiar rosy color of a blushing ripening tomato fruit. Now one is all but completely red while the others are fast approaching the same color.

Mega Cherry Tomatoes 02-17-18 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

Just a quick post. I hope everyone is doing well and having a happy time.

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Freak Leaf, Pineapple Plant Gifting and Sweater

Category: Miscellaneous | Posted: Sat Oct 28, 2017 5:42 pm

I've finally cut that freakishly long/tall leaf from my Snake Plant. Now that it is separated from the parent plant, I'm going to cut it up, dip it in rooting hormone, pot it all, and hope for the best.

I am also giving one of the Pineapple plant babies away. The larger they get, the more I realize that I can only sustain one. So, one is going to one of the secretaries at one of the doctor's offices I go to regularly. I get the feeling that she'll not take care of it the way I have and I'm bracing myself for being a witness to this. So, we'll see.

In the non-plant news, I am making a sweater. It is a pattern called the Flax Sweater by a knitting duo called Tin Can Knits. The working name I'm giving my variation is "Mir Ist Kalt" due to my wanting to practice German as well as it being super cold in this house due to having to deal with the dueling banjos of the air conditioner during the Summer months when I first conceived of making this sweater. Two people were vying to make it as cold as humanly possible in this house without consulting with the third person, that person being me.

Flax Sweater - Mir Ist Kalt - 16 October 2017 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

It is a top-down Raglan, made with TARDIS blue yarn. The yarn I'm using is Knit Picks - Wool of the Andes Worsted in the colorway Winter Night. Thus far, I have knit enough to where I am in the round and knitting the body of the sweater. I have yet to try anything on yet.

About the only other thing happening during this Halloween-mas is a sudden fruit bonanza on my Sweet Pickle Organic Pepper plant. Meh.

I hope you're all having a fantastic year thus far. Enjoy yourselves. :)

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In Love With Twiddling My Thumbs...

Category: Miscellaneous | Posted: Fri May 19, 2017 3:52 pm

So, I am in perpetual wait mode for the community garden plot. While I am sitting here, I figured I might as well get some crocheting and other things done in the meantime.

I planted the 'Lettuce Leaf' variety of Basil. That's just starting to come up. All the other plants, the Pineapples, Peppers, Tomatoes, etc are self-sustaining with very little input from me.

Months ago, I also started an Avocado pit. That's now growing beautifully in a pot, on my windowsill.

The Snake plant now rivals me in height. The Spider plant is growing out of the pot.

So, twiddling my thumbs about what to do, I decided to crochet something I haven't worked on since December 2016.

This is the In Love With Color Throw designed by Jessie Rayot.

In Love With Color Throw - May 2017 ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

It took me ages to finish piecing this together and putting the border on. Now, everyone is laying claim to it/offering to buy it off of me.




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Pretty Cool Stuff

Category: Miscellaneous | Posted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 1:01 am

A random person commented on my one of my Aerogarden videos today.

Given that he's (?) Garden minded, I naturally recommended Garden Stew to him. Seems like a nice person.

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The Omnipresent Torrid Nature of Summer

Category: Miscellaneous | Posted: Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:15 pm

Pineapples are surprisingly resilient. Through migrations of insects escaping the oppressive heat outside my window, the inescapable domination of our Dear Star, and despite my feeble attempts at salvaging their fragile lives with the air conditioner and extra water, the Pineapples are seemingly fine while most of the rest of my plants have gone by the wayside.

A list of the destruction:

The Sweet Pickle Organic Peppers are gone.

Lemongrass is dead.

Both of the potted basils (Lettuce leaf and Mrs. Burns Lemon) are dead.

The Pelargonium looks to be following suit soon.

The Navel orange tree. Dead.

At this point, all I have left are the Snake Plant, the Pineapples, the Aloe Vera, and the Spider plant in the windows. I also have the Mega Cherry Tomato plants in the Aerogarden.

So, planning this out for the future, I'm going to utilize the Aerogarden much more for my fruit production. Once I've tired of growing Mega Cherry Tomatoes, I'm going to use the Grow Anything Kit I've bought from Aerogarden to grow more Sweet Pickle Organic Peppers in the Aerogarden itself rather than in soil and near it.

As to the tomatoes, they're growing flowers already. It's only been thirty-nine days. They started showing flowers at twenty-eight days but I cut them off along with the main stem, as the other seed pod hadn't grown and I needed to keep the larger plant short in order to keep from raising the light hood.

Aug 13 2016 Mega Cherry Tomato Plant One ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

I'll just be glad when this Summer heat gives way to the cooler blissful temperatures of Autumn and Winter. That's my favorite time of the year.

Thank you for reading. Have a fantastic day.

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Two Years

Category: Miscellaneous | Posted: Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:26 am

Time really does fly when you're having fun. It's been two years since I first signed up on this site.

In that time, I've really grown as a gardener. I've acquired two Aerogardens and successfully grown three gardens from them. I've maintained seven container plants from my original windowsill garden. This is despite invasions of ants and fungus gnats.

I've even expanded my territory, so to speak. I am selling my old Aerogarden to a friend and I've given The Maternal Parental four aloe vera for her windowsill which I maintain. On top of this, I've put two Snakeplants and the remains of the tomato in the downstairs window.

My plants for the coming growing season are:

Obtain an Ornithogalum (False Sea Onion)
Crassula Ovuta (Jade Plant)
Two Epipremnum (Devil's Ivy/Golden Pothos)
Setcreasea (Purple Heart Plant)
Two Plectranthus (Swedish Ivy Plant)
Maranta (Red Prayer Plant)
Stapelia Grandiflora (Carrion Cactus)
Codiaeum Variegatum (Croton)

In addition to this, I just bought $25USD worth of seeds in anticipation of getting My Not So Secret Garden started.

Included in this list are:

Chocolate Cherry Tomato
Big Rainbow Tomato
Spacemaster 80 Cucumber
Red Giant Mustard
Lacinato Kale
Clemson Spineless Okra
Roma Tomato
Sweet Pickle Organic Pepper
Hale's Best Organic Melon (Cantelope)
Lettuce Leaf Basil
Mrs. Burns Lemon Basil
Fresno Pepper
Giganteus Sunflower
Prarie Sunflower
Summer Savory
Caballero Hybrid Peppers
Bright Lights Swiss Chard
Park's Beauty Blend Radish Seeds

I have very high hopes that I'll get the Roma Tomatoes, Lettuce Leaf Basil, Lemon Basil, Sweet Pickle Organic Pepper and Park's Beauty Blend Radish to grow in containers.

I am also hopeful for the Bright Lights Swiss Chard to grow in a container but less so. In the past, I've had very little luck growing it without greenhouse conditions. I'm unsure as to why. Perhaps trial and error will give me some insight into why that is.

With regard to the new Aerogarden, five seedlings are sprouting already. The Genovese Basil, Thai Basil, Mint and Dill are all coming up strong. I've got the domes off of the Genovese Basil and Dill due to the fact that they've gotten so big.

The rest usually take some time in growing.

Meanwhile, I've been snacking on the last of the semi-ripe tomatoes from the previous garden. I have them in a 32oz soup container on the top of my desk Hutch and, despite my initial misgivings about doing this, they're turning colors. Even the small ones.

Hopefully, my Windowsill Roma tomatoes will grow as strong as these have. Otherwise, I'll have to wait until I get my hands on the Outdoor Plot.

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First Green Sproutings

Category: Miscellaneous | Posted: Wed Mar 02, 2016 3:09 am

I looked in on the Aerogarden of Serendipity today and the Genovese Basil is sprouting up after only three days being "planted". It's actually beating out the Thai Basil, which was supposed to come up first. Regardless of which is first in sprouting, it's lovely to see them. I love growing things.

In other news, I had an opportunity to show The Maternal Parental the future site of My Not So Secret Garden today. We were riding in a cab with a really rude and dismissive cab driver. When I explained my plans for the garden plot I'm hoping to get, to my mother, he was really negative about the whole plan.

My actual plans are to grow food for The Maternal Parental and I, with a portion going to my friend for helping us out so much, as well as another friend who may or mayn't take up the offer due to his living so far from me. Any extra food will be given to those in need.

From both my own experience being impoverished and from watching Gardening programs that focus on community activism, I'm all too well aware that most food banks don't have a ready supply of perishable, fresh fruits and vegetables. It's mostly canned goods, boxed goods, and bagged goods.

While it certainly sustains, it's not always the healthiest option out there when compared with fresh produce. Being honest, and I have written about this in the past on my blog, fresh produce is a nightmare to get ahold of when you're on a limited budget. So, my plan was to give the extra to the food bank or, if they were unwilling/unable to take it, find a family in need to give it to free of charge.

Apparently, that was all too much for the allegedly charitable cab driver who scoffed at the notion and tried to poke holes in every aspect of my plan.

It's like, dude, why are you so invested in tearing my idea down? I hardly know ye and your dedication to obstruction goes way beyond constructive criticism.


So, The Maternal Parental got a chance to see the site and loved it. Though, she is worried about my ability to get there due to the Agoraphobia issue. I feel much more confident about it though. Between my friend taking me there on a semi-regular to regular basis and the distance being relatively short from the nearest bus stop, I feel somewhat confident that I can make it there.

I just need to actually get my hands on the site first...

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Snow, Snow, Snow, Snow...Tomatoes...Flotsam

Category: Miscellaneous | Posted: Sun Jan 24, 2016 8:59 pm

So, yeah, I'm trapped in my home. Thankfully, I saw fit to get prepared when I first heard about this potentially mega snowstorm hitting two weeks ago. We may be trapped but we've got plenty to chow down on. See below...

Snow Outside My Front Door from Jonas ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

The potted plants are doing well. Spider plant and Snake plant are growing very vigorously.

Spider Plant and Snake Plant during Jonas ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

The Lemongrass needs a serious trim. I might make some tea and/or stir fry later this week.

Lemongrass during Jonas ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

All that remains, aside from the Spider and Snake plants, of my larger container garden. For now, I just have, aside from the above mentioned, Aloe Vera, Pineapples, and a Pelargonium growing. I may add a Golden Pothos (Epipremnum aureum) and a Swedish Ivy (Plectranthus verticillatus) to the mix.

Pelargonium, Pineapples, and Aloe Vera on the windowsill during Jonas ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

The tomatoes in the Aerogarden of Hope have really taken off since the last one ripened on the vine. Now, I have multiple tomatoes coming in, with some ripening even as I type this. All I know to do is trim the vines and keep both plants in water and Liquid nutrient. If I ever get that Aerogarden Bounty, I'll use this older model (Ultra LED) for growth experiments and extra growing space. I'll probably dedicate it to growing Herbs or something.

Two Ripening Tomatoes in the Aerogarden of Hope during Jonas ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

To keep from being bored, I've done a bit of baking before, during, and after the storm. This chocolate chip riddled banana bread was absolutely delicious.

Banana Bread with chocolate chips before Jonas hit ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

This Bread pudding wasn't bad either. In fact, the Maternal Parental ate most of it before the storm had even done its worst.

Bread Pudding made before Jonas ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

Last but not least, some icicles outside my bedroom window. I don't know how big they're going to get but, no thanks to some neighborhood kids, they're now tipping right towards my window.

Icicles outside my window after Jonas. ( photo / image / picture from xantedeschia's Garden )

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Updated Pictures of My Container Garden and My Shawl

Category: Miscellaneous | Posted: Mon May 04, 2015 9:19 pm

View My Plants: Container Garden and View My Shawl: Random Stuff

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Introduction - Oh, Hi There!

Category: Miscellaneous | Posted: Sun Mar 09, 2014 11:34 pm

Well, this is lovely. I like this site already as it combines two of my favorite things: Gardening and writing.

A little about my garden. I am agoraphobic, so my garden is really a bunch of containers around my house. I do my best. In some areas of horticulture, I succeed and in others I fail...dismally. I keep trying though, so I'm sure I'm earning brownie points for that.

The oldest plant I am growing is a Sanseveria (Snake Plant) and I acquired it via a piece I got from High school in 1998. My poor baby. I went for a year without watering it and it still survived. It's currently sitting in my window.

I made several more cuttings off of it and put them all in one six inch pot to give the appearance of a fuller plant. Between more frequent watering and the addition of fertilizer, it took off in growing. At the tallest point, it's currently 27" high from the base of the plant to the tip of the tallest leaf.

Next in age is my supermarket rescue Aloe Vera plant. I bought it in 2000 and managed to break my poor baby's head off. Undaunted, I kept the remaining stalk of the plant watered and was delightfully surprised to find it budding again from the remnants. It's currently about 12" high at its tallest point and has several offshoots.

After that comes my spider plant. My therapist gave me a piece off of her plant in 2007 and I've been growing it ever since. It has made several offshoots, some of which are now growing in other people's homes as gifts.

Next comes my orange trees. I planted one seed in 2010 and two stems came out of the soil. For a while, they did okay on water alone but I eventually began to see the telltale sign of malnutrition on both of them. Unfortunately, I'm very poor, and couldn't afford fertilizer right away. Thankfully, they hung on despite the diet of water alone. I just got some fertilizer...finally and they're both now growing out of all recognition.

From there, comes my supermarket spawn: my Ginger plant. I bought a rhizome of ginger from my local supermarket in the spring of 2011 and sprouted it. Given my past history with gingers of various types, I didn't have high hopes that this one would survive, let alone thrive. It did though. I enjoyed a lovely plant but no flowers for two years before I got hungry and harvested a piece off of it. I have to say how delicious it was. I made cookies with it that were wonderfully flavored. I then replanted the remaining rhizomes and left it alone from December through February. It's now sprouting new shoots already and it isn't even Spring yet.

Another supermarket rescue is my African Violet plant. I bought it in November of 2013 to overcome my fear of growing the plant. I was fully expecting it to die as my previous attempt had. I placed it in a shady patch beneath my bedroom window and waited. It also not only survived but it thrived.

A profusion of blooms soon came up from the center. I could scarcely believe what was happening and took pictures thinking that, at any moment, the horticultural anvil would land on my attempts at growing this plant and something would kill it. I was pleasantly surprised a few days ago to find that it's blooming again. The only thing I did was give it a bit of the same fertilizer mentioned previously in this entry.

On the same day I purchased the African Violet, I saw a sad looking fern. To this day, I have no clue what kind of fern it is as it wasn't labeled in the Supermarket. I'm doing the best that I can with it but, for some reason, it's not thriving like the other plants. I had another fern I bought a month after from the same supermarket that has died already. I'm hoping for the best but, it doesn't look good.

Next up, in the 2014 column are my Radishes, Tomatoes and Nasturtiums.

The radishes are Burpee's Cherry Belle and I planted them along with Super Sweet 100 cherry Tomatoes on 21 February 2014. I planted the Radishes in the ginger pot and the cherry Tomatoes in the window in a small spare pot I had. I have high hopes for both.

The Nasturtiums, I planted on 25 February 2014 and I planted four seeds a piece in the two orange tree pots.

My future plans include planting the seeds I just purchased this year. Those seeds are: Park's Seed Company's Cinnamon Basil, Burpee's Coleus Rainbow Mix, Lemongrass and Geranium Border Mix.

I also have Blood oranges and strawberries coming in a few days from now from a different supermarket, plans to get more seeds, including peppers and plans for taking the plunge and growing mushrooms.

That's everything, I think. Please, if you find anything here interesting. Say hello. :)

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